Gay marriage, Prop 8., and the spirit
The California Supreme Court upheld the right of California voters to amend their constitution to take away the rights of a minority group — same-sex couples who want to legally marry. At Soul’s Code, we’re devoted to expanding every person’s rights— and consciousness. Gay people and their supporters seeking solace at this time might visit MyOutSpirit.com and the MyOutSpirit blog.
The Examined Life: Worth living
Okay, last year’s film The Examined Life: Philosophy in the Streets may not be hot news, but one of our correspondents, Amy O., has just seen it and thinks it’s pretty great. The film poses questions about self and society to several prominent contemporary philosophers, including Judith Butler, Peter Singer, Slavoj Zizek and America’s super-hip public intellectual, Cornell West (who likens modern philosophy to Jazz and Blues). It’s a must-see for every seeker. View the trailer below.
Zen and the art of Shop Class
If you liked Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, you’ll love Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. The author, University of Chicago political philosophy grad, Matthew Crawford, gets fed up with his cushy think tank job after just five months and turns to motorcycle repair. His journey along the way to meaningful work makes excellent reading and offers practical, everyday philosophy on how you can find meaning in your own work.
So what if Sonia Sotomayor’s a Catholic?
When President Obama nominated Latina Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Religion News Service noted that she fell in line to become the sixth Catholic on the court at one time, “an all-time high.” Said Douglas Kmiec, a big-shot Catholic attorney and an Obama backer: “Sooner or later the Catholic faith of Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be raised as an objection to her nomination and appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Wrong! Who knew that, instead, she’d find herself accused of reverse racism?
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